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New Regulations on Dairy Products Drawn Up

November 25, 2019

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

25 November 2019

New regulations relating to the classification, packing and marking of dairy products and imitation dairy products intended for sale in South Africa have been drawn up.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the regulations in Government Gazette 42850 in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act.

The regulations focus on dairy products, imitation dairy products, requirements for containers and marking requirements.

No dairy products and imitation dairy products shall be sold in South Africa unless such product is classified and presented for sale according to the class referred to in regulations 3 and 23; unless such product complies with the relevant standards specified in regulations 4 to 22 and 24; unless such product is packed in a container and/or outer container and in a manner so prescribed by regulation 25; unless a container and outer container in which such product is packed, is marked with particulars and in a manner set out in regulations 26 to 31; if such product is marked with any restricted particulars or in a manner which is prohibited in terms of regulation 32; and if such product contains a substance so prescribed as a substance which it may not contain.

The new regulations kick in 9 months after the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Notice 1511, the department published amended control measures relating to honey-bees in terms of the Agricultural Pests Act.

A new definition on “beekeeping activities” is inserted meaning that “the keeping of honey-bees in a managed beehive for the production and harvesting of any bee products, for queen rearing purposes or for commercial pollination services, or the removal, eradication or relocation of honey-bee colonies”.

Control Measure 2 of the Control Measures is also substituted by registration of beekeepers.

It calls for all persons carrying out beekeeping activities to register with the department. Registration shall apply for a period of 24 months from the date of registration or renewal of registration and can be renewed.

In Notice 1512, the department published amended regulations relating to the grading, packing and marking of peaches and nectarines intended for sale in South Africa.

The amended regulations were drawn up in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act.

The regulations focus on restrictions over the sale of peaches and nectarines, quality standards, packing requirements, marking requirements, sampling procedures and methods of inspection.

In Gazette 42849, the department published Plant Breeders’ Rights for the period July 2019 to September 2019.

Objections are invited within three months with reference to denominations and six months with reference to applications and grants.

Agricultural crops, vegetable crops, ornamental plants and fruit crops are included.

In a separate matter, in Notice 1492, the department published an intent to cancel certain quality indication marks with regard to Karoo Lamb.

The Karoo Quality Indication Marks include Certified Karoo Meat of Origin; Eco Karoo; Famous Laingsburg Karoo Lamb; Great Karoo Natural Lamb; Karoo – Free Range Veld Reared; Karoo Naturally Free; Makro Natural Karoo Lamb and Woolworths Free Range Karoo Lamb.

According to the department, the cancellation will take effect if the proposed Karoo Lamb/Karoo Lam Geographical Indication (GI) is registered in terms of the new Regulations relating to the Protection of Geographical Indications used on Agricultural Products intended for sale in the Republic of South Africa published in March 2019.

If the cancellation goes ahead, a phase-out period of three calendar months shall apply to the registered Quality Indication marks.